Ben Lowndes #viewsoncomms

A perspective on PR, development and life in the South West

Locking Parklands deal ‘good news’ all round

How the houses will look (c) St Modwen

Congratulations to HCA colleagues and the South West team at St Modwen for finalising the development agreement that allows work to start at Locking Parklands, near Weston-super-Mare.

The crucial deal unlocks development of the first 100 homes on the former RAF Locking site, which has been dormant for the best part of a decade.

The history of the huge site and the efforts put in by partners to regenerate it is well documented, from its closure as an airbase in 2002 to the HCA’s recent announcement of a £2.5m investment in the delivery of the first homes on the site. It’s great to hear that work is about to start.

It’s also heartening that this latest development has generated plenty of positive media coverage, with national trade titles and regional broadcasters picking up the story yesterday. Twitter was also all a flutter with the news, with corporate feeds syndicating the announcement to their followers. This is well deserved recognition for the work that’s been put in.

It certainly won’t be the last time Locking Parklands hits the headlines either.

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